When someone is being harmed by a spouse or if their spouse is hurting their children, they can ask the court for a domestic violence protection order. Since physical and emotional abuse can take their toll on a marriage and create an unhealthy environment, it’s not uncommon for the abuse to lead to the innocent spouse filing for divorce.
Domestic violence protection orders are valuable tools when a husband or wife is being violent against their family or pets or is threatening violence against them. As such, the purpose of the abusive individual is to control, punish, intimidate, or get revenge against a family pet, a child, or the abuser’s spouse.
Domestic Violence Protection Orders in Colorado
If your spouse is harming you, your children, or your pets, or all of the above, you may want to seriously consider obtaining a domestic violence protection order. There are three types of protection orders in Colorado: 1) temporary (ex parte) protection orders, 2) permanent protection orders, and 3) emergency protection orders.
A domestic violence protection order is designed to protect the people in the order. Here are some of the things that a protective order can do:
- Order the abuser to stop hurting or threatening those protected in the order;
- Order the abuser to stay away from the people protected in the order;
- Order the abuser not to contact those protected in the order;
- Order the abuser to move out of the family home;
- Order the abuser not to interfere with the protected person’s job or school environment;
- Give the innocent partner temporary custody of the couple’s children;
- Grant the abuser supervised or unsupervised visitation;
- Order the abuser to pay household bills, such as the rent or mortgage, etc.;
- Order the abuser not to hide or sell homes, land, or personal effects shared with the victim;
- Order the abuser not to harm, take, hide, or kill any animal owned by the innocent spouse or the child of the abuser; and
- Order the abuser to relinquish any ammunition or firearms owned by the abuser and to hand them over to law enforcement, a private party, or a licensed firearms dealer.
As you can imagine, a domestic violence protection order can have an impact on a divorce proceeding. If you’re in an abusive relationship and are contemplating a divorce, we urge you to contact an attorney from our firm to explore the best strategy to protect your family. We would be happy to answer your questions and help navigate you through this challenging time.